Category: Hobby News

Upcoming : Hasegawa Crusher Joe Fighter 1

It’s about time I say! Back in the 1980s I had the 1/144 Takara release and of course, I wrecked it by painting with Tamiya markers. Since this is from Hasegawa’s Creative Works line, it should be quite nicely detailed. Plus it’s in a nice 1/72 scale to boot.

Can’t wait for the actual finished kit to be shown. More pics at Hobby Search.

Upcoming : Super Minipla Beast King Go-Lion

Official pictures of this upcoming toy/kit are now online. Each lion will be packaged in its own box with weapons and a stick of chewing gum. They can then be combined into this 18cm tall Super Robot.

The proportions of the individual lions look off to me but Go-Lion itself looks brilliant. And it seems to be quite poseable too. Amazing! Even better is that it’s probably the cheapest route you can take right now to own a combining Go-Lion.

Coming in August @ 5,292 JPY. More pictures on Hobbysearch.

Upcoming : Bandai 1/72 B-wing Starfighter

Bandai has released official pics of their upcoming 1/72 B-Wing Starfighter. This finally completes the 4 Rebel Alliance Starfighters in 1/72 scale. This will uniquely feature a Sullustan pilot figure and ‘glowing’ exhaust parts with an optional LED unit.

Another unique feature is revealed if you clicked onto the announcement of the 1/2,700,000 (lol) Death Star II. With some forced perspective, you can model the B-wing together with the Death Star ‘to recall the illustrations of the concept artist Ralph Macquarie (sic)!’.

Yeesh, I can only feel my wallet groaning…

This is coming in August 2018 @ 4,980JPY. More pictures on Bandai Hobby Site.

Upcoming : Good Smile Company Moderoid Godmars

This was unexpected but very welcome. A new Godmars model kit is coming! It looks like there will be part swapping involved depending on what mode the modeler wants to achieve. It’s simpler and probably more sturdy this way as it will feature a lot of articulation.

This is coming in August @ 7,500JPY. More pics in Hobby Search.

Forever a Toys R Us kid

Ah well, the other shoe has fallen. Toys R Us will be closing all its US stores with the intention to sell all the ones overseas. They previously shuttered 180 stores in the US and all its British stores but alas, too little too late.

Even though I didn’t live in the US until my adulthood, I’m actually a Toys R Us kid! In the 1980s, there was a huge 2 floor Toys R Us store next to Parkway Parade in Marine Parade in Singapore. In those days, TRU didn’t allow kids under 13 to go in unaccompanied so my mom would bring me in, leave me in the store and walk out to do her shopping. I’d then spend about 1-2 hours just browsing the aisles till she came back to pick me up. Good times!

In the 1990s, I moved to Los Angeles to further my studies. Near my apartment was a TRU (Sepulveda) where I’d go with my like-minded friends to peruse the aisles for Lego. I still remember lining up in 1999 for the midnight launch of Star Wars The Phantom Menace toys with my friends at the La Cienega branch. We lined up for 3 hours and I hoarded a few Star Wars Lego sets then.

Now that I’m a parent, TRU is still a must stop in whatever country that has them. I’m glad my kids got the chance to go to a big box store where all you see are toys and stuff for kids. It’s too bad that it won’t be for much longer.

TRU through the years in Singapore and Hong Kong

In 2015 I brought my family back to Los Angeles and wouldn’t you know it, the Toys R Us at Sepulveda was still around! We went twice and memories of my trips there during my college days flooded back. The aisles were different but the experience remained the same. The difference being I was spending on my kids now instead of myself.

Alas… it looks like 2015 would be the last time we’d visit Toys R Us in the US

KB Toys and FAO Schwartz were the other big box toy stores that came and went during my lifetime. But Toys R Us is the one that has stayed in my memories the most, simply because it was around since my formative years.

Good bye Toys R Us. I will forever be a Toys R Us kid.

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